Film Review: Sleepless
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Jamie Foxx returns to the big screen after a three-year absence in the new crime thriller Sleepless, a remake of the critically acclaimed French film Nuit Blanche. Unfortunately, the attempt from Swiss director Baran Odar is a grind to watch. After stealing from a powerful crime family, officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) ventures to the Luxus hotel in Las Vegas in an attempt to rescue his kidnapped son, Thomas (Octavius J. Johnson). Whilst on this personal mission, Downs crosses paths with internal affairs agent Jennifer Bryant (Michelle Monaghan) who is looking to clamp down on corruption with the Vegas police department. The two then ensue in a deadly game of cat and mouse with each other, whilst trying to avoid the notourious crime lord, Rob Novak (Scoot McNairy). In terms of performances, Sleepless wastes its talented cast with the only noteworthy acting coming from Scoot McNairy, who does his best to be intimidating when on screen. Jamie Foxx grumbles his way through the movie with a stale performance that makes Downs feel like just another generic cop character. The same can be said for Michelle Monaghan whose angry portrayal of Bryant makes her a very hard character to root for a lot of the time. The lack of likeable characters is one of the film's main issues, as both Downs and Bryant remain cold, detached and angry throughout the entire movie.
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